So Eden had her 18 month check up yesterday, and the pedi is worried b/c she's only 20 pounds (3rd percentile...she's 32 inches, or 65% for height). Basically, the dr told us to put butter on EVERYTHING (we already do use butter on her veggies) and add pediasure to her diet instead of cow's milk. She encouraged she eat more red meat (she already lives on meatballs) and giver her things like pancakes and waffles slathered in butter for breakfast. She also kind of hinted i needed to wean her totally (we have 2-4 sessions a day now) so she'll be more interested in "real" food. I know BM is higher calorie than most other foods, so i'm just going her ignore her innuendo about BFing totally. The pedi also wants us to see a nutritionist and a gastroenterologist. Now, I don't mind seeing a nutritionist, but i really feel like i'm well informed and i'm not just guessing at what my baby should be eating, I'm willing to do it though. However, i do not want to put Eden through unnecessary medical tests at the gastroenterologist when I KNOW she's healthy. I really really don't believe she has some sort of digestive problem or intolerance. The kid is totally regular and happy and active and comfortable. My gut is just telling me she's petite (both me and her dad were very small for our ages as kids). She's meeting all her milestones early and if her body has enough nutrients to grow taller than average, i'm led to think that's just the way she's built. I feel like a bad mom wanting to go against dr's orders, but i just really don't think there's anything wrong. I don't even think we should bother with the nutritionist, but there maybe something we could learn...A typical daily menu would go something like this
Breakfast of 1/2 peanutbutter sandwich on whole wheat toast, or 1 egg on toast with fruit (1 bananna or about 1/2 an apple) and some whole milk
Snack- 2-4 oz cheese and whole wheat crackers or O's, full fat yogurt with fresh fruit (about 1/3 to 1/2 c yogurt)
Lunch- 2-3 meat balls (or meat loaf...sometimes chicken or lentils if she'll eat it) 2/3 C steamed veggies in butter (broccoli, grean beans, carrots, asparagus, squash, anything really...) and whole milk
snack- usually our "bad" snack...animal/gram crackers and cheese/ yogurt.
Dinner- usually roughly the same as lunch
Nurse before bed.
She also drinks whole milk or water all day (usually about 8-10 oz milk and lots of H20)
I do give more of a variety, but this is just to give you an idea...it doesn't seem lacking to me. What do you ladies think?
Sorry for the novel, and TIA!!